‘Discontent arises from a knowledge of the possible, as contrasted to the actual.’
These are the words of my greatest hero, Nye Bevan, of course founder of the NHS, Britain’s greatest peacetime achievement. But they still have great meaning today.
I have discontent with the way the Tories are failing time and time again to properly, efficiently fund the NHS. My knowledge of the possible is that it can be done. We can fund the NHS efficiently, in order so patients aren’t being treated in corridors.
Let’s be honest, right now few things could be worse than the ‘actual,’ but this just means that we can save the NHS. The NHS have had to cancel thousands of operations due to the lack of funding, despite Hunt describing them as ‘better prepared than ever.’ Before Christmas Day, hospitals were already recording more than 95% bed occupancy.
Recently me and one of my best mates were talking, suddenly he comes out with “the government are doing all they can to force the NHS to go private. The way things are going there is no choice but to sell.” Although this is very sad, it’s very true. This is not just the opinion of a couple of guys in a coffee shop, Jim Mackey, the head of NHS Improvements stated that ‘things are looking tight’ heading into 2017’s winter. He told this to the Health Committee. Nothing was done. Less money than before. Less provisions. Still no resignation or firing of Hunt from his post. What is more, the chief executive of NHS Provisions, Chris Hopson, back in early October 2017 told the NewStatesmen that the NHS was ‘stuck deep in the red zone’ and needing a rubber dingy thrown to it otherwise it would drown. Still not enough funding.
‘It [the NHS] will last as long as there are folk left with their faith to fight for it’ – AB
Unfortunately it seems like Hunt and May would rather put their faith in free-market economics, leaving the NHS stranded to be bought up by men with big briefcases full of hard cash. But who cares? Their corporate mates will be the ones who buy up the poor NHS, their mates will also do them a favour in return, isn’t that how a deregulated market produces?
Anyway enough of my opinion on free market economics. The NHS is becoming ever so near to its very own breaking point. How many more experts, officials or nurse’s stories do this government have to listen to until they final recognise that there is a problem with the lack of funding for the NHS, and that we have the money to put into it? £1bn for Northern Ireland, £350 million a week from the EU…
‘No amount of cajolery can eradicate from my heart the deep burning of hatred for the Tory party’ – AB.